Undeterred by blindness, Peña inspires through her art

BY J. EDWARD MORENOTypically, artists use paint brushes of different sizes and textures to complete their pieces. However, local artist Macarena Peña is anything...

Respect your kids, don’t over share on social media

BY MARIA LUISA SALACINESMost adults would agree that it isn’t cool to share pictures on social media that depict you in an unflattering moment.When...

ADVICE: Life is filled with surprises

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINESMy husband and I enjoy taking cruises and have traveled all over the world on these amazing floating hotels.There is nothing...

Raising a family the best and most hectic years of your life

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINESHaving our grandsons stay with us for a week reminded me of how hectic life is when you are raising your...

Retired congressman Rubén Hinojosa remains dedicated to public service

When Rubén Hinojosa was a junior at Mercedes High School, he narrowly won his first election by a single vote — setting a theme...

Forty years and counting

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINESMy husband and I are celebrating our 40th anniversary Sunday. As I write down the number 40, I can’t believe how...

Priceless moments with my grandsons

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINESMy son and his wife left on a much-needed vacation, leaving our grandsons with us for a week.I love having the...

Hurricane Harvey reminds us of what’s important

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINESMillions of people have been affected by Hurricane Harvey — no matter their nationality or race.For the past few months, we...

ADVICE: It’s not easy being a parent

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINESSometimes while raising your children you might wonder if other families go through some of the issues you have.You might feel...

ADVICE: Negative experiences, remarks leave a lasting mark

BY MARIA LUISA SALCINESWhen adults punish children by making them feel guilty or without a positive lesson, they are not encouraging improved behavior.Children should...